Pilot charged in Mount Woodside hang-gliding fatality
AGASSIZ, B.C. – The pilot of a hang glider has been arrested and charged with obstructing justice after a 27 –year-old woman died when her tandem hang glider crashed 1000 feet to the ground after launching from Mount Woodside , B.C on Saturday.
The dead woman’s body was found in a heavily-wooded, logged area after an extensive search by police, RCMP Air Services, Emergency Health Services, and search and rescue teams from Chilliwack and Kent-Harrison.
The pilot of the hang glider, William Jonathan Orders, aged 50, of Burnaby, is alleged to have withheld potential key evidence that could determine whether he played a role in any wrong doing.
The Agassiz RCMP and the BC Coroner’s Services are continuing their investigations.
“This is an absolutely tragic accident, there are no other words to describe it,” said Corporal Tammy Hollingsworth. “What exactly happened as far as why she fell is still under investigation and we are hoping the investigation will answer that question as well as other questions we all may have,” said Corporal Tammy Hollingsworth for the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment.